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Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in. Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out. And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. But never, ever, ever give up.

— Richelle E. Goodrich

Going for my second self-retreat, this time on winter mode!

It’s been some time since my last self-retreat but the universe has aligned once more and a lockdown was imposed making me change all of my Acupuncture sessions and condensing the Hypnotherapy ones so I could have some time off for myself. With the whole country in lockdown there wasn’t much room for finding a place to travel on a remote place or hotel, but fortunately I have the most generous friends who handed me the key to their house so I could do a self-retreat in a real home (mais uma vez um obrigada gigante Sara Guia De Abreu e Paulo Oliveira por serem mais que família).

First day there I was feeling the need to do something, to be active, the need to be productive somehow, eventually I moved on to my yoga practice and meditation and it finally hit me, this is why i’m here for, not to create something, not to work, not to plan my next project but just to hold space for my self, for my own thoughts, to work on which anxieties do I still have, which anxieties or limiting thoughts am I still feeding? Which emotions am I holding back from accepting?

And so here I come, disconnecting wifi and committing to a deep connection to myself with a beautiful cat and an empowering book in the moments of pause.

Happy new year everyone, may 2021 finally bring us the freedom we so much crave for.

- Daniela Pontes

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